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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Feb 24, 2012 5:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Dicks Picks 31

This selection of tunes from the Philly and Jersey shows, the last East Coast shows of 74 are such a mixed bag as to be a true picture of the band at that time. Brilliant and sullen, angry and beautiful, wow, the Playin-Scarlet-Playin from NJ is fast, sharp, attacking and with a fury matched by the angry crowd, several times the band is heard admonishing the crowd for rowdy, drunken behavior, not a nice and friendly gig at all, you can sense the tension between aud and band, the beginning of the end right here on tape, the Me & Bobby McGee is so out of tune to be laughable, poor Bobby, Ragged Brilliance at times, wonderful 25 Minute opening Playing in the Band, epic Truckin-Jam... Like an afternoon walk through paradise and hell, no wonder they took 2 years off and only came back in theatres in 76....

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Feb 24, 2012 6:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dicks Picks 31

while I'm not great at noticing songs or instruments being out of tune, I've always really enjoyed this me and bobby mcgee. Surprising to hear you say that.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Feb 24, 2012 7:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dicks Picks 31

Sometimes when we talk about the "good old days", we forget how stupid some of the crowds could be even then . I didn't see them till 76, but it did seen in hindsight, that the crowds were a little more receptive then . But then I will hear a AUD in which people a blabbing away in the quiet parts . It is galling to hear bad behavior in this period of utmost creativity . Years before the "Touch of Grey" folks, there were the "Casey Jones", or "boogie !" folks .
Musically, one of my favorite Dead releases !

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Poster: Skobud Date: Feb 24, 2012 8:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dicks Picks 31

What I love about this one is, just jumping right into the deep end of the pool with the D1T1 opening Playin'...Even though it's actually the first set closer for the 4th, I dont give a shit and its a great way to fire up. Love this release.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Feb 24, 2012 8:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dicks Picks 31

"Don't climb the fence, idiot!"

Classic Weir.

The EYES on that release is simply one of the best ever, and this from a guy who thinks 1977 rules in nearly every instance possible.

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Poster: Jim F Date: Feb 25, 2012 11:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dicks Picks 31

I always thought that moment was the Bob Weir version of Roger Waters' infamous meltdowns in 1977, specifically the incident in Montreal.

Then there are those earlier Floyd shows where Rog frequently tells people to sit down and be quiet, that the people behind them can't see, etc. I think we hear a similar request from that guy emcee'ing the Dead's set at the Big Rock Pow Wow show on 5/24/69?